Reference to proceedings in general and select committees

21.16No appeal can be made to the Speaker from the decisions of the Chair of a public bill or general committee (see para 39.12 ). References in the House to the proceedings on a bill in public bill committee, particularly if such references attempt to deal with the content of the debate in the committee, are out of order,1 although references to the progress of business in public bill committees have been permitted in certain circumstances.2

A report of a select committee may not be referred to in debate before it has been laid upon the Table;3 the same principle also applies to other proceedings in a select committee,4 though there is no such restriction on referring to evidence taken in public.


  1. 1. HC Deb (1976–77) 934, c 1424; ibid (1985–86) 93, c 941.
  2. 2. HC Deb (1974–75) 890, cc 442–45; ibid (1974–75) 891, c 1626; ibid (1979–80) 980, cc 660–61, 666–67; ibid (1997–98) 305, cc 1060–61.
  3. 3. HC Deb (1980–81) 995, cc 275–76.
  4. 4. HC Deb (12 October 2011) 533, c 351.